Freight in Fife

The efficient movement of freight is vital to the economies of Fife and Scotland. Fife Council recognises the need for convenient key rail and port interchanges and associated rail & sea freight services to promote transfer of freight between road and rail and between road, rail and sea.

In addition, Fife Council are committed though forums and officer engagement to giving local businesses and hauliers the opportunity to engage in policy making and development.

Eco Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme

The Fife Eco Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme is a free, voluntary scheme that provides recognition, guidance and advice on operational best practice to operators of goods vehicles, buses and coaches. It is being rolled out in Fife to help fleet operators improve efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions - all helping to improve local air quality and at the same time, make cost savings - click here to see more details -

A short video demonstrating the scheme can be seen via this link



Transport Scotland - Delivering the Goods - Consultation towards a rail freight strategy for Scotland

Guide to moving freight to rail freight - click here

Transport Scotland pages on Freight - click here

Network Rail - Move my freight by rail


Fife Council is part of SEStran, the regional transport partnership for SE Scotland. SEStran have produced a number of  reports on freight -

Synthesis Report of Freight Flow Mapping - Scotland Part

Coatbridge - Scotland's Dryport

SEStran Freight Study and Action Plan

SEStran Freight Map of SE Scotland

Freight Routing Strategy : Final Report

Sustainable Urban Distribution:Draft Report

Freight Consolidation Centre Study

Rail Freight & Development Marketing Study

The Dryport Project

 Weastflows (west and east freight flows)

Foodport: Conectring Regions Between & Beyond - Work Package 3.1

SEStran's SURFLOGH project aims to improve the role of logistics hubs in the netwrok of urban logistics through conecting long-distance freight transport and last mile distribution in strategically located urban freight centres - see more here.

SEStran are leading on a work package along with Napier Transport Research Institute (TRI), developing business models for urban freight hubs. Our business models will focus on the scalability and applicability of models for different locations and circumstances. Practical lessons and insights from our work package will be published via case studies. SEStran are also working with a delivery company to design an e-cargo bike last mile delivery pilot in the City of Edinburgh.


Freight Commodities Workshop

Partners, including Fife Council, Transport Scotland, Freight Transport Association & The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport have hosted a successful rail freight workshop for local businesses.

The event in the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy was attended by a range of local businesses and hauliers who heard presentations from Transport Scotland, Highland Spring, Tarmac and Network Rail which highlighted the opportunities and benefits of using rail to transport freight and how it can greatly help both the environment and business growth.

Convenor of the council's Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee Cllr Altany Craik commented: "The event was a great success and there is a lot of interest from those who attended in exploring opportunities for greater use of rail to transport freight.  We need to continue this work to help support local businesses and the economy of Fife"

The event was a success and there is proposal to further develop use of rail freight through a regular Freight Forum in Fife which will be focussed on encouraging investment and exploring opportunities with businesses and logistics companies in partnership with Transport Scotland and the wider freight industry.

The presentations from this event are listed as publications on this page.


Jane Findlay, Lead Consultant, Climate Change & Partnerships 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 44 07 Fax: 01592 583231 Contact Jane Findlay online
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